Book Reviews

Compound Nouns in Specialised Language: A Cognitive Linguistic Perspective on English and Bulgarian Tourism Terms

“In a logical and readable style, this book introduces readers both to the fundamentals of compounding in different theoretical frameworks and to the basic concepts and methods in cognitive linguistics. The new complex and dynamic model of analysis successfully illustrates the parallels between English and Bulgarian constructions and the intriguing development of language in a particular area of knowledge. This book will be appreciated and sought after by students and lecturers alike.” - Associate Professor Svetla Pacheva-Karabova, PhD, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

“The book is comprehensive enough for the serious linguist, but highly informative for the student and teacher as well. It will prove invaluable in the formation of the specialised language skills needed by tourism and hospitality professionals in a global context.” - Professor Asen Konarev, DSc (Econ), Lecturer in undergraduate and postgraduate programs

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Diversity and Complexity

"Two features, among others, make this book particularly inspiring: the author’s adoption of a broad definition of diversity and the analysis of our relationship with diversity especially within the perspective of complexity science. And, most interestingly, the book itself develops as a complex system where, among other things, the presence of the Subject is continuously acknowledged and underlined." For a little further review of the book, click here. - J. Martin Ramirez, MD, PhD, Full Professor & Head, Center for Conflict Studies, Nebrija University; Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science; Chair of CICA International

"The main aim of the book is to understand socio-cultural diversity as one of the numerous interconnected constituents of a larger system that is formed by the numberless kinds of diversities(in terms of age, gender, status, education, species, “inner”diversity, etc.)." READ MORE... - Marzanna Farnicka, PhD, Developmental Psychopathology Department, Institute of Psychology, Zielona Góra University

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The Secret of Success: The Link between American Prosperity Theology and Business Self-Help Literature

"The Prosperity Gospel movement, still in a growth phase, the most popular segment of the pervasive movement to motivate Americans out of their complacency to new levels of performance, accomplishment, and the a strong attachment to the ideal of making it to the top in every part of our life, has drawn frequent comment but rarely been analyzed in terms of its permeation of American thought since the founding of the republic. In The Secret of Success, Dawn Hutchinson has finally given us a broad picture of the prosperity consciousness movement, which can be traced back to Benjamin Franklin but really took off late in the 19th century and the popularization of a metaphysical movement that invited people to get in tune with the forces moving the universe forward and stake their claim to the wealth (and health) that the Almighty was ready to provide from the infinite storehouse of spiritual riches. The movement explained why neither formal education nor hard work was enough, one needed to grasp Truth, set one’s Mind in the right direction, inwardly align with God’s power, and allow the universal Spirit carry one forward almost like magic. While intellectual giants dominate elite culture, early popular writers like Ralph Waldo Trine, Charla Fillmore, and O. S. Marden shaped the imagination of late-19th century the popular culture to hope for not just a better life, but the best life possible. Their successors, right down to contemporary exponents like Tony Robbins, Creflo Dollar, and Rhonda Byrne have pushed to the front with the secret knowledge ever since. Hutchinson has done the reading public a great service by laying out where our hope for success even in the face of constant rebuttal has become so integral to the American way of life. A must read for those wishing to understand the American dream." - J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA

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Dao and Daoist Ideas for Scientists, Humanists and Practitioners

Dao and Daoist Ideas for Scientists, Humanists and Practitioners is a fascinating book to the inquisitive and the open-minded from all walks of life. As people face ever more competing and conflicting challenges in work and life, Daoism offers paradoxical frameworks and approaches for understanding and dealing with multiple realities. The collection of essays is a treat for a variety of readers, be they philosophers, scientists, educators, consultants, managers, or anyone who seeks new ways of living a balanced and harmonious life." - Chao C. Chen, Ph.D., Professor of Management and Global Business, Rutgers University, USA

“An excellent study of Chinese and foreign scholars’ works on the role and place of Daoism in Chinese history and culture. A must read book, we look forward to more publications by the authors on this important topic.” - Michael Saso, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Religion and Asian Philosophy at the University of Hawaii, USA

“As a worldview and a way of life, Daoism has exerted a profound influence upon Chinese mentality in the course of the centuries and fueled the mystery of China’s political change and economic growth over the past decades. This volume addresses the theoretical, empirical and practical perspectives of Daoism and is of great interest and importance to a wide range of theorists, scholars, practitioners, and general readers in the English-speaking world.” - Li Liu, Ph.D. Professor of Social Psychology, Beijing Normal University, China

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History and Collective Memory from the Margins: A Global Perspective

"This interdisciplinary book is timely and historic because it sheds light on how narratives of majority and minority identities in our contemporary world are being shaped by contested, uneven, and fractured acts of historical memory and collective remembering. The various chapters masterfully articulate global stories of identity formation that are unfolding from the center and the periphery and from the dominant and marginalized perspectives in local societies such as Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, New Zealand, and Poland. This book employs an array of complex, rich, and diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, and in my view, the volume has all the makings of a timeless classic." - Sunil Bhatia, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Human Development, Connecticut College, United States

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Tsar Feodor: Chaliapin in America

"Given Chaliapin’s status as one of the truly great operatic artists of the 20th century, the English-language literature is somewhat thin. Aside from ‘autobiographies’ in various formats, the most recent book is the late Victor Borovsky’s Chaliapin: A Critical Biography. Well illustrated and with a fine discography, it has to be considered the standard work on Chaliapin." READ MORE... - Stanley Henig

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Evolution Stands Faith Up: Reflections on Evolution’s Wars

"This is an inspiring, readable collection of 21 essays of reflective value to everyone. You can dip into any of these well-crafted and thoughtful essays at leisure without concern for order. The layout of each essay is appealing, beginning with a quote extracted from the essay, which summarizes the key insight, and finishing with a list of suggested readings and resources." READ MORE... - Dr. Greg M. Stott

"The author immerses us in a broad range of topics with a common theme: why science is critical for our well-being and how “belief,” as a “disruptor,” delays and stops the correct comprehension and acceptance of evidence." READ MORE... - Avelina Espinosa, PhD, Professor of Biology, Roger Williams University, United States

"Many biologists and scientists in general would probably agree that the struggle against creationism as an alternative to science is a war that must be waged. However, we all know it is a difficult fight. Hence, most of us are content sitting on the sidelines, doing our own work, watching others engage this important and often thankless debate." READ MORE... - G.A.L., PhD, Evolutionary Biologist, Canada

"This is a delightful collection of essays about, as the author puts it, “evolution and its wars against superstition.” Professor Paz-Y-Miño does not try to teach evolutionary thinking in this book, or explain Darwin’s ideas in any way. But he is a firm believer in evolutionary processes, and you can easily feel his frustration at the victory of inherent belief over evidence-based thinking in our society." READ MORE... - Jan A. Pechenik

"I am delighted that some of Paz-y-Mino's finest essays and editorials have been collected in a single volume. He is a prolific essayist and I have enjoyed reading his work over the last two decades. In the tradition of Richard Dawkins he does not pull any punches, but when he cuts to the core of an argument, he does it with the flare of a true artist. Too many of our colleagues work so hard to appear open minded that their brains appear to have fallen out. When they teach our students that they can pick and choose when to be logical, critical thinkers, they are modeling the type of reasoning that leads to the politics of convenience and it's bridesmaids: racism, sexism, and the whole host of xenophobias. When the emperor has no clothes, I want to be standing in the back row with Guillermo, pointing a finger and having a good laugh." - Stan Braude, PhD, Professor of Practice in Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

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Exultant Forces of Translation and the Philosophy of Travel of Alphonso Lingis

"This is a fascinating study of an extraordinary man’s engagement with language and translation in today’s multifaceted world of intertwining cultures.” - Susan Bassnett, FRSL, Professor of Comparative Literature, Special Advisor in Translation Studies, Sub-Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warwick

"Dalia Staponkutė interweaves literature, philosophy, and anthropology to make connections between the theory, practice and poetics of cultural translation. Particularly brilliant is the way she applies Bakhtin’s notion of the “chronotope of the road,” to unpack relationships of the body, travel, and translation in the writing of Alphonso Lingis." - Stephanos Stephanides, FEA OSSI, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Cyprus

"While translators traverse numerous sources, such as dictionaries, metaphoric variations that never result in a copy of the original, this text is a way of telling the “traveler” that there is an intertwining of sense forming a mutual “transcreation.” The latter allows the traveler to form relationships with the other that neither has suspected. According to Staponkutė, Lingis adds another dimension to encounters by travelers across texts and cultures of different continents and peoples: body comportment. It is at this level that the author points to the ways that bodies “speak” and the ways they find some immediate sense and its linguistic inadequacies. There is a “transcreational intercorporeity” that spontaneously discloses and obscures our own self understanding and the understanding of the other – leaving us with a continuous wonder and fascination to learn more of what was still “unsaid” and what can never be fully said." - Algis Mickunas, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio University

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Scepticism: Hero and Villain

"In a new collection of essays collected by Sir Roy Calne and William O’Reilly, inquirers from a multitude of backgrounds set out again on this search for truth, coming up with some fascinating insights on the history of scepticism on the way." READ MORE... - Isabel Asquith

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The Psychology of Handwriting

"Barbara Gawda's book entitled The Psychology of Handwriting is a valuable interdisciplinary study of the relationship between psychological characteristics and handwriting. This area has explored for a long time whether it is possible to identify a person's personality and other traits on the basis of his/her handwriting." READ MORE... - Marek Leśniak Ph.D

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